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University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

University Housing

Hamlin Hall, Room 448
550 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3570
housing@oakland.edu
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

COVID-19

During this unprecedented time, University Housing remains committed to providing our residents with an extraordinary residential experience. The personal attention and support you have come to expect remain our top priority as we maintain a safe, supportive, and well-connected community.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated certain changes to our processes and operations, our staff is dedicated to the development of services and programming that meet every level of expectation and comfort.

Under the guidance of Oakland University leadership and state experts in health and safety, we have developed a comprehensive residential response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most up-to-date details on the implementation of our response plan can be found below. Please check this page frequently, as facts and information continue to become available.

Building Occupancy and Assignments
  • All University Housing buildings will be open for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters.

  • There will be three changes to the way students are assigned to buildings:

    • A maximum of two students will be assigned to each bedroom in Hamlin Hall, resulting in a maximum of four students (in two-bedroom suites) or five students (in three-bedroom suites) sharing the suite and private en-suite bathroom, in order to promote proper social distancing.

    • Only one student will be assigned to each room in Van Wagoner House in order to reduce the number of students utilizing community bathrooms on each floor.

    • Students will not be assigned to Hill House for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters. 

    • Please note that University Housing is unable to remove or store unused furniture from rooms with reduced occupancy.

  • Incoming freshmen will be assigned to Hamlin Hall, Oak View Hall, and Van Wagoner House.

  • Non-first-year students will be assigned to Ann V. Nicholson Apartments, George T. Matthews Apartments, Greek Cottages, Hillcrest Hall,  Oak View Hall, and Vandenberg Hall.
Advance Planning
  • Prior to moving onto campus, residents will be asked to identify the plan of action they will enact if they become ill with COVID-19.

  • Identifying an intended isolation location will be an essential part of creating an advance plan of action. Residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be expected to leave campus to isolate and convalesce at their permanent residence, unless prohibited by highly specific circumstances.

  • Completion of the advance planning process is required in order to move onto campus.

  • To complete the creation of an advance plan, please follow the steps shown below.
    • Log into the My Housing portal.
    • Click on Contracts/Forms.
    • Click on Form - COVID-19 Advance Plan.
    • Acknowledge the terms of the COVID-19 Advance Plan, via electronic signature, and click Continue.
    • Provide your COVID-19 Advance Plan.
    • Click Continue to submit the form.

  • Advance plans will be shared with the Graham Health Center.

  • Students with underlying health issues or high-risk conditions should be aware that University Housing will not be able to provide additional safety measures above and beyond what will be provided to the general population. As such, we strongly recommend that these students consult with their physician to determine if living on campus is the right decision for them.
Safety and Mitigation Efforts
  • Students who suspect they may have the COVID-19 virus will be able to seek medical consultation on campus. The Graham Health Center will be equipped to provide COVID-19 testing to symptomatic students.

  • Residents will be required to wear masks in all public University Housing spaces for the safety of the community at large. This includes entries and exits, hallways, and public lounges. While masks are not required in bedrooms, suites, and apartments, it is strongly recommended that residents wear masks in the presence of roommates and suitemates as often as possible. The university will provide each resident with one reusable, washable mask. Any additional masks will need to be provided by the student. Residents who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented medical condition must obtain an approved accommodation from the Disability Support Services Office. Residents can begin that process by contacting Disability Support Services at DSS@oakland.edu, or by calling (248) 370-3266.

  • Frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas such as public lounges, bathrooms, printing stations, ATMs, and computers will be increased.

  • Housing service staff members will be provided with masks and gloves to be utilized during interactions with the public.

  • Public lounge furniture will be reduced and spread out to encourage proper social distancing.
Dining
  • Hillcrest and Vandenberg Dining Halls will both be open and operational for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Tilly’s and The Hive, located in Oak View Hall and Hillcrest Hall respectively, will both be open and operational for the forthcoming academic year.

  • Dining rooms will be cleaned every thirty minutes.

  • At dining hall food stations, food will be served by an associate, eliminating self service.

  • Dishware and flatware will be available, protected and served by an associate.

  • Complete, one station meals and full entree selections will be increased, reducing traffic and congestion.

  • Dining facility furniture will be spread out to encourage proper social distancing.
Guest and Visitor Policies
  • “Guests” are defined as those who are not residents of Oakland University. Guests will not be permitted in the residence halls or apartment complexes during the forthcoming academic year.

  • “Visitors” are defined as Oakland University residents who visit or stay in a room outside of their own assigned room and/or building. Visitors will not be permitted in bedrooms, suites, or apartments during the forthcoming academic year. Visitors may, however, be entertained in public lounges.

  • The updated guest and visitor policies support Center for Disease Control recommendations of maintaining social distancing of at least six feet within residence halls rooms, suites, and apartments.

  • The swipe access provided to residents of the residence halls typically allows access to all residential floors in all residence halls. Swipe access will be restricted to each resident’s own assigned building during the forthcoming academic year.
Room Change Periods
  • Room change periods will be suspended for the forthcoming academic year.

  • All room, roommate and building assignments are therefore considered final.

  • Room changes and reassignments will only be authorized on a case-by-case, emergency basis at the discretion of the Director of University Housing, Assistant Director for Assignments, or Assistant Director for Residence Life.
Isolation and Quarantine Protocol
  • “Isolation” is defined as having received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, thereby requiring complete isolation from the campus community; this isolation may be achieved through relocation to a permanent off-campus address, or an identified on-campus location, as designated by university health officials.

  • “Quarantine” is defined as having been potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, thereby requiring removal from contact with the campus community for a period of 14 days; this quarantine may be achieved through relocation to a permanent off-campus address, relocation to an identified on-campus location, or staying in place in one’s on-campus housing assignment as designated by university health officials.

  • Residents who receive positive COVID-19 diagnoses through the Graham Health Center or another medical professional will be asked to enact their advance plan, and to leave on-campus housing for their identified isolation location immediately.

  • University Housing has identified multiple locations to be utilized by ill residents who are unable to isolate off campus. Residents who receive positive COVID-19 diagnoses through the Graham Health Center or another medical professional and who are unable to leave campus will be assigned to one of these locations, and asked to relocate immediately.

  • Ill residents isolating on campus will be contacted by the staff of the Graham Health Center, and provided with basic health care items. Those with meal plans will be provided with boxed meal delivery.

  • Contact tracing for all positive diagnoses will be conducted by the Oakland County Health Department.

  • University Housing custodial services will clean the ill resident’s room after they have relocated for isolation, for the safety and reassurance of remaining roommates and suitemates.

  • Isolating residents must receive clearance from a medical professional before returning to their building assignment. That clearance will be provided by, or will need to be provided to, the Graham Health Center.
Testing Requirement
  • Free COVID-19 testing will be provided to students who plan to live on campus during the winter 2021 semester.

  • Completion of a COVID-19 test will be required in order to move onto campus (new residents) or to remain in on-campus housing (existing residents).

  • A wide variety of testing dates and times will be provided for the convenience of our residents. Testing will be conducted on campus at the Recreation Center.

  • Testing details are currently being finalized by University leadership, and will be shared with residents via email and on this website as soon as they are available. 

  • Students under the age of 18 must have a parent present during testing. 
Winter 2021 Move-In
  • Incoming, new winter residents may move in at any time after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5.

  • Each resident may bring no more than two helpers to assist with their move-in.

  • All residents and helpers must wear a mask while in enclosed, public areas and outdoor public areas and situations which do not permit proper social distancing. This includes lobbies, lounges, hallways, stairwells, and elevators.

  • Helpers should vacate the buildings as soon as the move-in process is complete in order to comply with current pandemic protocol and guest policy. 
Contract Cancellation
  • Residents who wish to cancel their on-campus housing must complete an online Contract Release form. Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for instructions on how to do so.

  • Cancellation charges will be waived due to the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Should the university determine that a long-term housing closure is necessary due to the pandemic, residents will receive a prorated refund of their housing and meal plan charges.